Screen Australia announces $15m investment projects
In a week of political upheaval in Australia, the film and TV industry has received the good news that Screen Australia is investing nearly $15.5m in various projects – prompting around $84m spending in production terms.
The projects benefitting from the handouts include three feature films, five adult drama series, a two-part TV movie, and three children’s series.
The films are Paper Planes (directed by Robert Connolly), about a young boy competing in the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan; Amiel Courtin-Wilson and Michael Cody’s Ruin, a low budget drama set in Cambodia and Ariel Kelinman’s arthouse drama Partisan.
Perhaps topically in light of the news about Julia Gillard’s resignation, six-part drama Party Tricks for Network Ten by Michael Lucas centres on a woman’s campaign to become the next State Premier, up against her ex-lover as leader of the opposition.
Other adult television dramas include ANZAC Girls for ABC, a six-part period drama set during the First World War; Catching Milat for Seven Network and The Gallipoli Story, a four part mini-series for Foxtel about journalists in Gallipoli in 1915. The period drama theme continues with the eight-part character drama for Network Nine, Love Child, set in 1969.
Commenting on the investment funding, Screen Australia’s chief executive Ruth Harley said, “Quality Australian television drama continues to rate extremely well, television production companies are blossoming and forging productive relationships with broadcasters hungry for product and this funding round in particular was highly competitive.”